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Practical and insightful, CLASSIC READINGS IN CULTURAL ANTHROPOLOGY is a concise and accessible reader that presents a core selection of historical and contemporary works that have been instrumental in shaping anthropological thought and research over the past decades. Readings are organized around eight topics that closely mirror most introductory textbooks and are selected from scholarly works on the basis of their enduring themes and contributions to the discipline. These selections allow students to further explore anthropological perspectives on such key topics as culture, language and communication, ecology and economics, marriage and family, gender, politics and social control, supernatural beliefs, and issues of culture change. The book also addresses pressing topics such as globalization, ethnic violence, environmental issues, and more, delivering an excellent introduction to the field of anthropology and the contributions it makes to understanding the world around us.
Preface. Introduction. Part I: PERSPECTIVES ON CULTURE. 1. "Body Ritual Among the Nacirema", Horace Miner. 2. "Queer Customs", Clyde Kluckhohn. Part II: LANGUAGE AND COMMUNICATION. 3. "Rapport-talk and Report-talk", Deborah Tannen. 4. "The Sounds of Silence", Edward T. and Mildred R. Hall. Part III: ECONOMICS AND ECOLOGY. 5. "Eating Christmas in the Kalahari", Richard B. Lee. 6. "The Domestication of Wood in Haiti", Gerald F. Murray. Part IV: MARRIAGE AND FAMILY. 7. "Arranging a Marriage in India", Serena N